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  • Benefits and citizenship

    Hello

    With the settlement deadline of 30th June, I was wondering today where do I stand being in receipt of benefits!

    When I applied I had a residence card now I have citizenship. Do I need to inform them that I have acquired citizenship or is it a data base they can check for those receiving benefits?

    I am just thinking my benefits will stop on 1 st on July if they do not know I am
    citizen now.

    Does anyone know how this work?
    Many thanks

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    Originally posted by Natalia W View Post
    Hello

    With the settlement deadline of 30th June, I was wondering today where do I stand being in receipt of benefits!

    When I applied I had a residence card now I have citizenship. Do I need to inform them that I have acquired citizenship or is it a data base they can check for those receiving benefits?

    I am just thinking my benefits will stop on 1 st on July if they do not know I am citizen now.
    Afternoon,

    If you didn't apply for settled status in order to apply for citizenship, because you had a PR card, and that's all the DWP were aware of, then they may not know that you have become British, I doubt there is a database they can check for that, unlike the EUSS records which are held digitally. I've heard that the DWP had been sending out letters to EU nationals to tell them their benefits would stop if they didn't apply before the end of June, which prompted those who had become British to contact them to inform them.

    If you haven't received anything, you may still want to contact them, otherwise I wouldn't put them past them to just stop the benefits and ask questions later (they did so with me years ago). Obviously you will still be able to provide proof of citizenship, re-start the claim and get any payments due (I did), but it would probably be more hassle and may also mean spending some time without any money while they sort it all out, so you should contact them and inform them.

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